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Welcome to the Lakes Region Historical Society

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817 Main St.
Antioch, Illinois

Hours: Sat 11AM - 3 PM
Other Times by Appointment

Meeting House
977 Main St.
Antioch, Illinois

1st Saturday of Month
11 AM - 3 PM

Other Times by Appointment

Archive Center
965 Main St.
Antioch, Illinois

1st Saturday of Month
11 AM - 3 PM

Mon - Wed by Appointment

Welcome to the Lakes Region Historical Society. 
Dedicated to preserving the rich history of the northern Lake County, Illinois region

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Antioch as seen from Antioch Train Depot
Looking West from Antioch's Depot - ca: 1910
Note Antioch United Methodist Church just right of center

"Beach Grove

Flora Leslie Gilmore Mitchel's longtime dream finally comes true in a limited edition publication of "Beach Grove Memories," now available through Lakes Region Historical Society.

Beach Grove Memories

"Beach Grove," as it came to be known, is the name of a lakefront property, consisting of roughly ninety-eight acres, which originally encompassed approximately 1656 feet of sandy shoreline on the eastern edge of Lake Marie, just west of Antioch Illinois.

Beach Grove was conceived by John Leslie, his wife, Sallie, and their close friends, James and Caroline Robertson, when they purchased what was to become a summer escape from urban heat and ended up with a lakeshore retreat initially shared by 11 families.

"Beach Grove Memories" traces the purchase, ownership, and lineage of the sub-division of the original property through the histories of the families who have owned since the property was originally purchased in 1886, and details the recreation, lifestyles, and contributions made by both the original 11 families, and those generations who have come since. The publication includes many interesting stories and photographs.

To order a your own copy of Beach Grove Memories, please send a check for $62.00, which includes $7.00 for postage and handling, to: Lakes Region Historical Society, 965 Main Street, Antioch, Illinois 60002.

If you special memory of Beach Grove you would like to share, or would like to meet Harold Gilmore Mitchell, the son of author Flora Leslie Gilmore Mitchel, who was instrumental in getting this project done, please plan on attending a very special meeting at Lakes Region Historical Society on Sunday, June 7th, 2015.

Date: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM,

Location: Lakes Region Historical Society

Meeting House
977 Main Street
Antioch Illinois 60002

For more information, please call (847) 395-4910 or send an e-mail to

Lest We Forget

Are you familiar with our new "Lest We Forget" project? The Lest We Forget project will create an historical record of the names of Village of Antioch and Antioch Township area residents, past or present, who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were honorably discharged. Residents need not have lived here during the period of their service.

For more information on the Lest We Forget project, please see the October 2014 Lakes Region Historical Society newsletter.


Lakes Region Historical Society welcomes Holly Garvey as our official resident blogger!

Holly is a "self-proclaimed history nerd" with a degree in history from Northeastern Illinois University who will be digging through the archives to share the hidden treasures which have never before been seen.

For more information please see her new blog at: http://outofthearchiveslrhs.tumbler.comg

If you have something specific you would like to see Holly address in a future blog post, please "send her a fan mail" via the blog: http://outofthearchiveslrhs.tumbler.comg


ChicagoNetTech, the ISP who hosts Lakes Region Historical Society's website and e-mail is in the process of making some major updates to our website and services.

This project, which will take a couple of years to complete, will eventually make our entire collection available for viewing online. The first part of the project will include a fully searchable database of our collection of more than 150,000 post cards.

As part of that process, there will be some pretty substantial updates to our website as well. Those changes have already begun with the addition of a new Calendar. To see the new calendar page, just select the Calendar option on the menu above or click here.

The new Lakes Region Historical Calendar will allow us to provide more information about our events, keep the calendar more up-to-date, and provide driving directions to all of our events.

If you have an event you would like to have considered for the LRHS Calendar, please submit a request using our Online Contact Form

Reliable E-Mail and Web Hosting Services

If your business is looking for reliable e-mail and webhosting services, consider ChicagoNetTech. ChicagoNetTech provides all e-mail and webhosting services for Lakes Region Historical Society at no cost.

Reasonable rates, old-fashioned, dependable service, and reasonable rates from ChicagoNetTech. Special discounts are available for not-for-profit organizations.

Lincoln Funeral Train

Please join Lakes Region Historical Society on Thursday, May 28th, 2015 for a very special presentation on the recreation of the Lincoln Funeral Train.

The program will tell the story of David Kloke, a contractor from Elgin Illinois, whose lifelong love of both the railroad and Lincoln seduced him into the recreation of the Leviathan Steam Locomotive and the Lincoln Funeral Car, which made its debut in Springfield Illinois, on May 2nd, 2015, at the 150th Anniversary reenactment of Lincoln's funeral.

This is an opportunity to view the construction and interior of the re-created, long lost, railroad car which was originally constructed to be used by President Lincoln as his private touring car, an 1865 equivalent of "Air Force One," but was used to return Lincoln's body to Springfield after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre, in Washington DC on the evening of April 14th, 1865, passing away the following morning.

The program will be held at the Meeting House Museum, 977 Main Street, Antioch Illinois, beginning at 7:00 PM, preceded by a short meeting of the Historical Society at 6:30 PM.

You do not need to be a member to attend. All are welcome. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, please call 847.395.4912

Ladies Attire
of the Civil War

Ladies Attire of the Civil War returns to Lakes Region Historical Society in July and August, 2015

The gowns to be included in this year's exhibition have not previously been displayed.

Thursday through Sunday
July 16th through August 30th, 2015
11:00 AM till 4:00 PM
additional times by appointment

Admission $7.00
Groups and Tours Welcome
Parking is Free

For additional information, or to make reservations for events, please call 847-395-4912 or send an e-mail to:

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Thank You for Your Support!




We're working diligently to cut costs and improve our services here at Lakes Region Historical Society and part of that includes some much needed sprucing up and painting.

Our newest project is the Meeting House, located at 977 Main Street in Antioch. The Meeting House desperately requires some elbow grease to remove the old paint and a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of the entire building. If you can help, please consider making a donation to offset the cost of paint and the other materials required to prepare for that job.

Remember, we can accept your donation via Square Payment Systems where we can now accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Please follow-up any donation with a note so we know who you are and can send you a letter of thanks for your contribution.

We would also like to invite you, your family, and your friends, to visit the museum for a private tour in the near future.  Please call 847-395-4912 to schedule a tour.

Thank you in advance for any help that you may be able to give.  Please send any donation to: Lakes Region Historical Society, 965 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002

Please see the entire list Lakes Region Historical Society activities on our calendar page and then call 847-395-4912 if you have questions or to place your reservation when reservations are required.

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